March 07, 2012 10:59am PT by Lesley Goldberg
TLC Cancels 'All-American Muslim'
All-American Muslim has run its course.
The TLC series has been canceled after one season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The docuseries about five Lebanese American Muslim families in Michigan opened well in its November bow, drawing 1.7 million viewers but shed viewers despite public protests, attracting 900,000 viewers to its Dec. 18 finale.
Despite positive reviews for its portrayal of the Muslim community, the series drew the ire of the Florida Family Association who dubbed All-American "propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda's clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values," and urged advertisers to boycott the show.
Retail giant Lowe's followed suit, noting that the program did not meet its advertising guidelines. "We understand the program raised concerns, complaints or issues from multiple sides of the viewer spectrum, which we found after doing research of news articles and blogs covering the show," the retailer told THR in December. "We based our decision to pull the advertising on this research and after hearing the concerns we received through emails, calls, through social media and in news reports."
Christian and Muslim groups were joined by Mia Farrow, Kal Penn and Russell Simmons in a show of support for the series and boycotted Lowe's.
Subsequent protests came from animal rights group PETA, which took issue with the fourth episode of the series in which one of the show's stars blamed her allergies and gave away her husband's 16-year-old dog, calling the installment a "shatteringly cruel episode."
The Detroit Free Press first reported the news.